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Plymouth Argyle Ladies head to in-form Cardiff in confident mood

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies head to South Wales on Sunday in confident mood for their National Southern Premier Division match against an in-form Cardiff City team packed with Welsh internationals.

High-flying Cardiff have won 10 of their 11 matches with champions Coventry United ending their impressive run of results last weekend.

But fifth-placed Argyle are also in good form and have lost just one of their last 10 games – an unfortunate defeat to Cardiff a month ago.

Argyle followed up their 3-2 Devon Senior Cup win against Buckland Athletic by coming away from Loughborough 40 hours later with a 4-2 win in the league.

Missing from the squad this week is Zoe Cunningham, who has a two-match suspension, and Steph Beck, who is unavailable.

However, Amber Pollock (pictured) and Darcey Hepworth return to the squad, as does defender Ebony Dover, who at first thought had suffered a broken a hand at Loughborough when a player trod on it but fortunately it is only bruised.

Management duo Trevor Rodd and Dave Leonard have once again selected Cornish teenagers Nicola Champion and Tamsin Medd-Gill in the squad.

Leonard said: “We have three games to go and a top four finish can be achieved.

“We are playing a team who are second (Cardiff City), a team who have won the league (Coventry United) and a team who are sixth (Watford). So we have got a challenging end to the season.

“But I challenged the girls four games ago to get 12 points out of 12. The challenge will be the same I want nine points from the last three games – it’s realistic. Nine points could get us in the top four or even the top three.”

He added: “We are cautious of the game ahead of us (on Sunday) as they (Cardiff) are full of international players and second in the league, but we go their full of confidence after last week’s result.”

“We are playing on a 3G surface which is conducive to good football so that will suit us and we’re looking forward to it.”

The match is being played at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence Ystrad Road Mynach.

Argyle: Sarah Prior, Mollie Taylor, Ebony Dover, Kate Middleton, Faye Ivall, Kayley Lane, Helen Bleazard, Jessica Jones, Leah Burridge, Amber Pollock, Natasha Knapman, Darcey Hepworth, Nicola Champion, Tamsin Medd-Gill.



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